Symptoms and Signs of Vomiting and Nausea

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Vomiting and Nausea

Vomiting and nausea are responses to many different illnesses and conditions, and there is no single specific cause of these symptoms. Nausea and vomiting can occur in association with certain infections, foodborne illnesses, food allergies, poisoning, intense pain, pregnancy, gallbladder disease, motion sickness, migraine, and taking certain medications, among other conditions.

The signs and symptoms associated with nausea and vomiting vary widely and depend on the exact condition that is causing the nausea and vomiting. Associated symptoms can include fever, chills, diarrhea, abdominal pain, abdominal cramping or tenderness, blood in the stool or vomiting blood, headache, skin rash, dizziness, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Other possible symptoms that can occur together with vomiting and nausea include severe pain of any type, mental status changes, cough, sore throat, or nasal congestion.

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